icare Paralympian Speakers Program
Raising workplace safety awareness through their personal stories
The program is run in partnership with Paralympics Australia and provides icare customers with access to Paralympians who have been affected by a workplace injury, free of charge. The program is a unique way to raise the awareness and importance of workplace health and safety with employees.
Pictured above: Ben Houlison, Paralympian Adaptive Rower
Our speakers tell personal stories of their own workplace or road accidents. They are open, honest and raw about the impact it has had on their lives and those of their family, friends and colleagues.
They each have a unique and different experience to share and are passionate about doing so in the hope of preventing accidents and injuries, and helping others to be more aware of risks and more empowered to speak up.
Our speakers demonstrate that with the support of those around them an injury can be a new beginning; a person can recover and go on to contribute to a workplace and the community or, like in their own life stories, become a top performing athlete.
Storytelling is a powerful tool for conveying information, especially stories told from personal experience. While your workers may remember the process or policy for a time, it is the real-life stories that people will remember long after your WHS training day or Toolbox Talk.
Through our Speakers real life stories, icare customers can meaningfully engage their teams on the importance of workplace health and safety; encouraging them to speak up, to look out for risks and for one another.
The program aims to help our customers empower their people and reduce their workplace incidents, as well as improve their return-to-work outcomes.
Ben became a paraplegic in 2004 after a workplace accident, a short time later he took up rowing and became Australian Champion.
Grant became a paraplegic after a car accident in his final year of school, took up wheelchair basketball and won three Paralympics medals.
Kahi lost his leg after a workplace accident. He trains six days a week and represented Australia in weightlifting at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics.
Nigel's leg was amputated after a workplace accident. He became a professional volleyballer, and completed in the 2000 Sydney Paralympics.
Joany lost her leg as a child in a tractor accident and was the first Australian female Para-snowboarder, competing in the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games.
Scott lost his leg in a tractor accident in 2002. He went on to be a champion runner and water skier.